Ajmal Naqshbandi

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Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Fixers on Front Lines

At a demonstration in Kabul, a photo of the slain Afghan journalist Ajmal Naqshbandi. (AP/Musadeq Sadeq)

Local "fixers" have been essential to foreign reporters covering the Afghan war. While they often do the same work as their international counterparts, they run greater risk and face a far more uncertain future. By Monica Campbell

Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan, Pakistan, USA

As fighting surges, so does danger to press

An Afghan police officer aims his weapon at two photographers covering pre-election violence in Kabul. (AFP/Pedro Ugarte)By Bob Dietz

As the United States redeploys forces to Afghanistan, and the Pakistani military moves into the country’s tribal areas, the media face enormous challenges in covering a multifaceted conflict straddling two volatile countries. Pakistani reporters cannot move freely in areas controlled by militants. International reporters in Afghanistan, at risk from kidnappers and suicide bombers, encounter daunting security challenges. And front-line reporters in both countries face pressure from all sides.

Alerts   |   Afghanistan, France

Five missing, apparently kidnapped in Afghanistan

New York, January 4, 2010The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned about the fate of two French journalists and their three Afghan colleagues, all apparently kidnapped while on assignment in the eastern province of Kapisa for France 3 public television station. The Afghan government reported them kidnapped on December 30. The names of the crew have not been released by the Afghan or French governments, and France 3 has declined to publicly identify them. CPJ was unable to reach the station immediately for comment.

January 4, 2010 3:25 PM ET

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Blog   |   Afghanistan

Afghan journalists call for justice in Munadi's death

A large group of Afghan journalists met on Sunday in Kabul. They were angry about the death of New York Times journalist Sultan Mohammed Munadi in the September 9 British-led rescue attempt to free him and Times’ reporter Stephen Farrell, who survived unharmed, from kidnappers. After the meeting, they sent me a list of demands and a pdf of their signatures  on a statement they first wrote in Dari and then translated into English. The group also sent along a biography of Munadi.

September 14, 2009 4:29 PM ET

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Blog   |   Afghanistan

An Afghan fixer struggles in exile in Sweden

I am from Afghanistan, but I have lived in exile in Sweden for almost a year and a half. I spent my teenaged life in Pakistan, where I moved in 1997 to escape the savage regime of the Taliban.

June 18, 2009 5:08 PM ET

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Reports   |   Iraq, Journalist Assistance, Pakistan, Russia, Somalia, Sri Lanka

Special Report: Journalists in Exile 2009

Sri Lankan journalists flee under severe pressure in the past year. Iraq and Somalia, two deadly countries for the press, also rank high in numbers of journalists forced into exile. Hundreds of journalists have been driven into exile this decade. By Karen Phillips

Sri Lankan journalists protest violence against the press. (Reuters)

Blog   |   Afghanistan, CPJ

Documentary captures a fixer's harsh reality

Photo by Teru KuwayamaIn New York, the Tribeca Film Festival showed a strong documentary, The Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi, on Sunday. After the screening, I moderated a panel that featured director Ian Olds and Naqeeb Sherzad, a close friend of Ajmal, shown at left. The panel also included U.S. journalists Christian Parenti, who helped produce the movie and appeared throughout (he and Ajmal had worked closely together), and George Packer, the New Yorker staff writer who, among other things, is considered by many to be one of the best reporters on Iraq. (In a small way, CPJ helped Naqeeb get out of Afghanistan and gain asylum in Sweden.)
April 27, 2009 3:12 PM ET

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Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Colombia, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka

Getting Away with Murder 2008

CPJ's Impunity Index ranks countries where killers of journalists go free

New York, April 30, 2008 -- Democracies from Colombia to India and Russia to the Philippines are among the worst countries in the world at prosecuting journalists' killers according to the Impunity Index, a list of countries compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists where governments have consistently failed to solve journalists' murders.

Attacks on the Press   |   Afghanistan

Attacks on the Press 2007: Afghanistan

AFGHANISTAN

Six years after the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, journalists were increasingly pessimistic about the future. The personal tragedies of several Afghan journalists illustrated how much the press situation had worsened amid political disarray, faltering security, and human rights abuses. Despite the adversity, domestic news media remained plentiful and assertive.
February 5, 2008 12:00 PM ET

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